Fincantieri devotes all U.S. shipyards to Navy frigate orders

Rome — Fincantieri will be built using all three US shipyards. New FFG (X) frigate A company official said the US Navy would hire an additional 600 staff to handle the work by the end of the year after ordering the second of a total of 10 potential vessels.

Second $ 553.9 Million Contract Constellation-class guided missile frigate Awarded Thursday to Fincantieri Marinette Marine, based in Marinette, Wisconsin. The shipyard has experience building Freedom-class littoral combat ships for the Navy.

In contrast to the LCS program, work on the new frigate will also take place at two other Great Lakes sites managed by Italian parent company Fincantieri. It specializes in aluminum vessels for the US Coast Guard.

“By taking this step, we will keep pace with the program by building several sections. [of the frigates] In Star John Bay and Green Bay, “said Dario d’Este, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fincantieri Marine Group.

Last year, the Navy chose Fincantieri to deliver the first constellation frigate with nine more options to the Italian group in a $ 5.5 billion deal.

In preparation, a $ 200 million investment will be made in Marinette, which will allow the ship to be built indoors in the new building. In addition, plans are underway to build the largest boat elevator in the United States. Small LCS vessels are currently side-launched in the yard.

According to Deste, the number of staff at the 3-yard will increase from the current 2,400 to about 3,000 this year, with future vessel options once a year and then twice a year from 2023 or 2024. Expected to be exercised.

The company is currently in the detailed design phase of building the first-in-class USS Constellation, which will begin construction later this year and will be delivered in 2026.

The deal marks the debut of Fincantieri as the prime contractor for a major US Navy program after partnering with Lockheed Martin on the LCS program. Lockheed served as a prime number for that effort.

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono argued that shipyards need to be the most important part of the Navy program and said the company’s concept of a constellation program has the advantage of being based on operational vessels.

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